Welcome to the Mach 30 Website!

At Mach 30 we believe everyone who wants to visit space should be able to do so–without raising millions of dollars first.  In other words, we want humanity to become a spacefaring society.

Spacefaring – adj.

  1. Pursuing a life in space: spacefaring peoples of the world; spacefaring nations.
  2. Fit for travel in space: spacefaring vessels.

We also believe that while government agencies like NASA and private companies like Space X may have similar end goals, their current paths will not lead toward regular space access in our lifetime.

Therefore, Mach 30 is organized as  non-profit organization (501(c)3 public charity)  dedicated to the advancement of humanity into a spacefaring civilization.  We believe the best path to that goal is through sustainable leadership, open source hardware, and the use of mature technology.

Why Sustainable leadership, open design, and mature technology?

Sustainable + Open + Mature → Spacefaring

Get Involved

Sound Cool?  If so there are lots of ways you can join us.  You could. . .

Build Your own Shepard Test Stand

The Shepard Test Stand is a test stand for Estes rocket motors. It is named after Alan Shepard, America’s first astronaut, as it is our first test stand. We anticipate using an Arduino board to provide the physical interface between the data collecting computer and the required sensors. This project is the first in a series of projects to develop the required skills for the practice of safe rocket engine operation, and to develop the capability to measure and record data about a rocket engine’s performance. The use of Estes class motors provides a relatively safe environment to learn in before moving to higher powered motors and engines. The ultimate vision is to develop test stands for full scale liquid rocket engines for use in orbital launch systems.  Click here to learn more.

Take photos of (near) Space

We are working with Far Horizons, a program of Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL, USA.  to document and share their High Altitude Balloon (HAB) platform which affords researchers of all ages access to “near space” with a maximum altitude of approximately 100,000 feet (30480 meters). Our hope is this documentation will facilitate the experiments of other people with an interest in HAB use and research. Click here to learn more.

Show Your Support

This dream is too big for one person, or even one organization, to achieve on their own.

In order for the plan to work, we’ll need thousands of volunteers in hundreds of facilities, with everyone learning about open source spaceflight systems, and contributing to their development.

We will need test stands, wind tunnels, data acquisition systems, CAD software, engineering analysis software, and much, much more. Each completed project will lead to another larger one, raising the collective capability of humanity and bringing us another step closer to space access for all.

If you want to be part of making all that happen, join the Catalyst Club.

Hangout with us on Thursday Nights

Almost everything that happens at Mach 30 starts (and sometimes finishes) in our Weekly Google+ Hangout.   The good news is you have an open invitation to join us!  Just add +Mach 30 to your Google+ Circles.  At the beginning of each week we’ll post a notice about the topic for the week’s hangout.  If the topic piques your interest just leave a comment and ask for an invite.  Then on be at your computer at 10:00 PM Eastern and wait for your invitation!

Explore the Website

Now that you’ve got the basics, please explore the rest of our site!  We’ve gone out of our way to make as much of our work publicly available as possible, so with a little digging, you’ll be a Mach 30 expert in no time!

Looking for a good place to start?

  • About Us-– more information about why Mach 30 exists and the people making it happen
  • Board Meeting Minutes–the official record of all of our (many, many) meetings
  • Public Records–a step by step record of our journey through the process to become a 501c3 nonprofit organization
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